|Wigan Council set to improve waste recycling facility
Residents are being informed about plans to build a new and improved waste facility next to the existing Kirkless waste and recycling centre in Ince.
Under the plans, green bin waste currently taken to the existing Kirkless Recycling Centre, will be taken next door to the proposed site on Makerfield Way, Ince. As the waste redirected would have gone to the Kirkless site anyway, there will not be in an increase in traffic. The new site will also be custom made to ensure odours and pests are controlled.
The increase in recycling rates across the borough means that a new facility is needed to process the borough’s waste. If plans are approved, the facility will house garden and food waste (green bin) before it is moved for composting.
Cllr Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment at Wigan Council, said:
“The introduction of food waste collections last September in the borough has helped us to increase our recycling rates, which is excellent news.
“While the borough is exceeding the government-set recycling target of 45 per cent by 2015, in order to meet the 2020 goal of 50 per cent we really have to expand our existing facilities.
“The proposed site will help us to achieve that 2020 goal and will also help us to save money in the long term.”
The proposals will be discussed at a future planning committee, where residents’ feedback will be taken into consideration before a decision is made.